Cultural and Historical Monuments

Testimonies of its turbulent past are visible at every step through numerous remains of former towns, capitals, the sites of famous battles…

Cruising across Skadar Lake, it is passed over a sunk boat called “Skender-beg”, the biggest steam boat that sailed this water in the time of the Kingdom of Montenegro. To the east of Gornje Blato there is Žabljak Crnojevića, which was the first capital of former ruler of Zeta, Ivan Crnojević (1465-1490) during the 15th century. Within the walls of this medieval town there was the court of the Crnojević family, a church devoted to Saint Đorđe (George), a rainwater tank and other structures of economic, military and inhabitancy importance. The remains of Obod town are in Rijeka Crnojevića. There Ivan Crnojević carried his residence from Žabljak fortress, and the monastery became the seat of Metropolitanate of Zeta. 

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In the fishing settlement Karuč there is a winter cottage of prince-bishop Petar I Petrović, who built it in the first or second decade of the 19th century. A set of loop-holes can be seen on the façade of the tower, confirming the defending character it used to have. In Donji Brčeli, there is the Church Of Saint Nikola (Nicholas) which is a part of the monastery built by Jelena Balšić in the 15th century. In Gornji Brčeli, prince-bishop Danilo established Gornji Brčeli Monastery as his winter residence, known as Feminine Monastery in present-time.

In close proximity to the village of Staniseljići, on the local graveyard, there is the Church of Saint Cosmas and Damian. It probably originates from late 15th or early 16th century. Nearby the village, on Velja Gora hill, there is the Church of St Ilija (Ellias), a legacy of Duke Vuksan Bulatović dating from the 17th century. On the way to Draževina it is passed through Carev Laz, the place known for the battle in 1712, when Montenegrin army won the victory.

Next to it is Krusi, the village known for the famous battle that Saint Petar Cetinjski fought against the Turks. It took place in 1796 and Mahmut-pasha Busatlija perished then. A memorial to great general and serdar Janko Vukotić (1866-1927) is in Čevo, which is also a place of birth of Montenegrin Queen Milena Petrović  Njegoš (1847-1923). During your visit, friendly locals will tell you many legends, preserved through word of mouth.